Deputized Civilian Valentine Hoy

Deputized Civilian Valentine Hoy

Routt County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, March 1, 1898

Valentine Hoy

Deputized Civilian Val Hoy was shot and killed while riding with a posse attempting to arrest a man wanted for cattle rustling and the shooting of a teenage boy on a ranch near Rock Springs, Wyoming, just north of the Colorado border.

The Routt County sheriff deputized Mr. Hoy and other citizens after it was learned that the suspect had fled into Colorado. They located the man, and two escapees from the Utah State Penitentiary, at Lodore Canyon on the Green River. As the posse approached, the men fled on foot up to high ground on the rimrock shelf, leaving their horses and provisions behind. The posse seized the horses and provisions and returned to town for the night.

The following day they returned to the area and began searching for the subjects, who had gone even higher up the mountain on a steep, narrow trail. As Deputy Hoy attempted to walk through a narrow fissure he was shot in the chest by one of the men. The three subjects were arrested four days later.

Deputy Hoy was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 2 days
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Arrested


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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 120th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

June 25, 2018

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